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Sat, Feb. 14th, 2009 04:48 am
The artificial rape of simulated girls

A message popped up in my mailbox from someone called Rob. "I was curious if you had any thoughts on this rather disturbing Japanese videogame," he asked. I clicked through to Boing Boing and read an article entitled Amazon Sells Rape Simulation Game. It turned out to be based on a breathless, scarlet-faced Belfast Telegraph piece that went, approximately: "shocking rape simulator Rapelay... set in Japan... sickening game description on Amazon... an MP plans to raise the issue in Parliament..."



I immediately made plans to raise the matter in Click Opera, the closest I have to a personal parliament. My first three thoughts, for hansard and for the house:

1. Moral panics tend to happen in artforms when they're at their most culturally-relevant.

2. The whole point of computer simulation is to do things you couldn't do in real life, for various reasons. As I once sang in a song, "in life remain considerate, in art the devil incarnate... in games there should be no forbidden things".

3. I showed Hisae clips from the game. She found them hilarious and is now pestering me to get Rapelay at all costs.

The company that makes the "shocking" game is called -- just in case anyone is under the illusion that we're dealing with reality -- Illusion. The reason Hisae laughed so much was that the "raped" girls have such a prissy and camp way of expressing their dismay that you can't take the thing seriously. "Not with that uncircumcized thing!" one declares, in the tones of a lady asking a passerby not to let his poodle foul the footpath. The girls also have fairly ludicrous mammary dimensions.

Hisae's favourite game in the Illusion catalogue is Oppai Slider, a game focused on phallus-breast contact, or paizuri. Mine is Hako: Tiny Box Girl, in which the player keeps a tiny girl in a cardboard box, drowning her occasionally in tidal waves of sperm. Hako seems to be based on Makoto Aida's Edible Artificial Girls series, about which questions have not yet, to my knowledge, been asked in parliament. (Perhaps if we get a journalist to call up an MP? By the way, does the Honourable Member know that Aida has quite explicitly stated that these girls are "pain free"?)



Hisae told me that these games are called eroge, erotic games. The Wikipedia entry on eroge blames them on big Japanese computer-makers in the 80s: "NEC was behind its competitors in terms of hardware (with only 16 colors and no sound support) and needed a way to regain control of the market. Thus came the erotic game. Early eroge had simple stories, often involving rape." So there you go. If sales are slow, throw in a bit of simulated rape and you're away. The games have a curious tendency -- in this account, anyway -- to soften pretty quickly into "love simulation" and "sweetly sentimental stories of high school love".

For those who believe that they're likely to harden into real-world rape, one useful comment under the Boing Boing piece charted the ratio of government censorship to real world rape in three countries, showing a negative correlation between permissiveness and actual rape:

Australia: censorship of books, films, games and comics: 0.777999 rapes per 1,000 people.
USA: censorship varies between states, free speech codified in constitution: 0.301318 rapes per 1,000 people.
Japan: rape sims are, apparently, for sale: 0.017737 rapes per 1,000 people. (Source.)

The games are certainly odd. In Rapelay, for instance, you can tell from the girls' expressions how likely they are to get pregnant. Slightly flushed cheeks show they're on their period, open eyes show normal receptivity, and closed eyes show high fertility and a good chance to conceive.

I suppose the antithesis of these games featuring reluctant artificial girls is the American Ariane B dating simulator. A succession of still pictures, the game is also a procession of tedious efforts to procure Ariane's permission to proceed to the next stage. Mendokusai, as they say in Japan. You know, if you're a himote or unpopular young guy, the very last thing you want is a girl simulation program that makes things as difficult for you as they are in everyday life. If you want a challenge, however, there's always Battle Raper 2, in which you have to knock the clothes off your girl opponent item by item, before getting to choose the camera angles from which to watch her writhing (breathing sexily) naked on the marble floor. Ooof!



If we're discussing disturbing games full of violence against women, how about Left Behind: Eternal Forces, a game in which you command a paramilitary fundamentalist army in a post-apocalyptic New York, converting Jews, mainstream Christians, Muslims, Atheists, Buddhists, and anyone else you find to fundamentalist Christianity. All who resist are killed. The sick part is that the Pentagon chose this game to send, at the expense of taxpayers, to US troops serving in Iraq.

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electricwitch
electricwitch
For anything, oh! she´ll bust her elastic
Sat, Feb. 14th, 2009 11:00 am (UTC)
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trickseybird
trickseybird
Bruce Springsteen, you're not the boss of me
Wed, Feb. 18th, 2009 01:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh gracious, just look at the time

NO ONE WILL GET PREGGERS WITH THAT JOHNNY!


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electricwitch
electricwitch
For anything, oh! she´ll bust her elastic
Sat, Feb. 14th, 2009 11:05 am (UTC)




























































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electricwitch
electricwitch
For anything, oh! she´ll bust her elastic
Sat, Feb. 14th, 2009 11:09 am (UTC)
the artificial laep of simulated pages











































































































And now I feel too feverish to stay on and must go to rest and replenish my stock of renato gifs.


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(Anonymous)
Sat, Feb. 14th, 2009 11:29 am (UTC)

You know damn well rape is under-reported in Japan.


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krskrft
krskrft
Sat, Feb. 14th, 2009 03:11 pm (UTC)

It's underreported everywhere. So you'd have to believe that it's underreported at some insanely higher rate in Japan in order to reason that Japan's sexual assault rate is higher than America's.


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(Anonymous)
Sat, Feb. 14th, 2009 11:35 am (UTC)
Totally off topic

http://fora.tv/2009/01/26/The_Future_of_City_Design

Thought you might find this interesting. On the redesign of Berlin's Tiergarten, using a videogame to depict it as the city's zone of 'forbidden' zone. Starts at chapter 10. Not so well presented as because the chair hogs the floor.


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(Anonymous)
Sat, Feb. 14th, 2009 12:00 pm (UTC)

You want to have your cake and eat. On the one hand, simulated rape is acceptable, because it's not real. On the other hand, simulated violence is bad, and it's sick that one such violent game was sent to US troops. Why is it sick if it's not real? Would it be alright if the US troops were sent games about raping Arab women?


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dogsolitude_v2
dogsolitude_v2
dogsolitude_v2
Sat, Feb. 14th, 2009 12:07 pm (UTC)

Well, the game sent to the troops was a blatent bit of right-wing Christian propaganda, which I think was the point of the objection rather than the violence. Troops are trained to shoot and kill, defend and attack and so worrying about sending them a videogame on the basis of the violent content would be a little odd!

I read it as illustrating the hypocrisy surrounding these games, i.e. that it's OK to send out violent Christian right-wing propoganda to troops, but not to sell the games described in the article, and so the double standards are on the part of the establishment, not Momus!


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dogsolitude_v2
dogsolitude_v2
dogsolitude_v2
Sat, Feb. 14th, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC)

It's weird: I've knifed, sniped and chainsawed my way through loads of video games.

I've incinerated enemy troops with superhot plasma, sniped at guards from darkened corners of warehouses, chainsawed rival gangs into pieces.

I've even cast spells on people to turn them insane.

This is obviously OK in the eyes of the media. It's taken for granted that dismemberment and 'gibbage' is a part of gaming. Yet the moment two people start shagging there's an outrage about it: remember the stuff about the Hot Coffee mod in Grand Theft Auto?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_Coffee_mod

For the record though, I'm a pretty peaceful guy. I never get into fights or anything, and could certainly never kill anyone in real life. Likewise I could certainly never rape anyone. >_<

Anyway, back to my copy of Fallout 3... Or maybe I'll play Okami or Ico instead, or challenge Ms Rhapsody to another game of Unreal Tournament 2004 (she usually trounces me on that)...


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electricwitch
electricwitch
For anything, oh! she´ll bust her elastic
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(Anonymous)
Sun, Feb. 15th, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)

You rarely see the desire to censor expressed in such a beautiful way.


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electricwitch
electricwitch
For anything, oh! she´ll bust her elastic
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electricwitch
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slowtiger
slowtiger
Sun, Feb. 15th, 2009 12:47 pm (UTC)

electricwitch: what's the sense in repeatedly including an animated gif 30 times in a posting? please stop this, it's annoying.


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electricwitch
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lulahbelle
lulahbelle
A joke tired of laughing
Sat, Feb. 14th, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC)

Now that is some gorgeous page raeping there, dooooood. Is it possible to realise that I fancy Prince this late in my life?


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cap_scaleman
cap_scaleman
cap_scaleman
Sat, Feb. 14th, 2009 01:10 pm (UTC)

Ever since I first started playing flash based games on the net I've seen dating/rape/undress/sex sim games all over. It's nothing new. I guess the thing now is that they make money on it, and when something is taboo the worst thing you can do about it is to commercialize it and make money out of it. I am not even surprised.

Oh, and sexism in games have been on the wall since Tomb Raider came out. Apparently Lara Croft's by-then pixelated, sharp-edged looks along with her habit of "moaning" while she dragged a big block of stone horrified and upset many. But they never considered that Lara Croft was one of the few female protagonists of the 90's gaming universe.


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akabe
akabe
alin huma
Sat, Feb. 14th, 2009 01:41 pm (UTC)

it is wrong to put makoto aida's drawings on the same level as these games, complex and ambivalent as it is aida's work is clearly on one level a critique of precisely this kind of thing. again you wouldn't be this critically slack about anything other that japan


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akabe
akabe
alin huma
Sat, Feb. 14th, 2009 01:49 pm (UTC)

of course you could argue (and you have to some degree) that the games themselves are critical, political, deconstructive whatever , rather that just one-way rape fantasy but that still doesn't put them on an even close level.


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pulled-up.blogspot.com
pulled-up.blogspot.com
Sat, Feb. 14th, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC)

A woman couldn't write this post. That's all I have to say.


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oldermusiclover
oldermusiclover
Sat, Feb. 14th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
disturbing

the main subject is disturbing though I feel simulation and outlets such as prostitution does lessen sexual violence. However the US sending a piece of religious bigotry to those mental vicious freaks that masquerade as human being known as the US military makes me want to vomit more than I can express


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